Mario Balotelli’s former manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that the striker knows that his move to Liverpool is his “last chance” to prove himself at the highest level.
The Italian joined the Reds in a £16m deal from AC Milan over the summer with a reputation as a divisive character whose lack of work rate had prevented him from fulfilling his full potential.
Although he has shown a willingness to track back and contribute to Brendan Rodgers’ high pressing style, ‘Balo’ has struggled in front of goal so far, with his only strike having come against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League.
This has led some to question the 24-year-old suitability at Anfield, with many suggesting that he’s not the right man to fill the void left by Luis Suarez – who was sold to Barcelona in a £75m deal during the last transfer window.
Mancini – who coached Balotelli at Manchester City and has widely been hailed as a ‘father figure’ to the troubled star – says that the forward knows that this is his final shot at proving his doubters wrong and that he’s desperate to get the goals demanded of him in the red shirt:
“Mario is a good guy, but he is aware that Liverpool is probably his final opportunity to prove what he can do on the pitch,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“It’s his last chance. I often talk to him via text message, but only he can help himself now.
“He told me that he wants to and must score more goals for Liverpool.”
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